Turkey’s ambassador to the European Union (EU), Selim Yenel, has claimed the country’s Islamist president “saved democracy” in Turkey, which will join the EU in just a few years.
“I know that there are countries which do not want us in the EU. But Turkey wants to enter. We strive for full membership. For us, it would not be acceptable in the long term not to belong to the EU. Joining the EU is very important for us” stressed Mr. Yenel in an interview with Die Welt.
“The Turkish government wants to accede to the EU by 2023”, he specified later. During the UK’s referendum campaign, former Prime Minister David Cameron said Turkey would not join “until the year 3000”.